You be the critic: UMD “Faun” on video

I was strongly impressed by what Liz Lerman and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra managed to do last week with Debussy’s ”Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” and I said so in my review. I’m not recommending that everyone rush out and try to do this kind of thing, or saying that it’s a model to which all should aspire: just that it’s a powerful reminder of some of the possibilities of classical music that often remain unexplored, and a remarkable teaching tool that I doubt any of the student players who participated will ever forget.

Fortunately, the performance was videotaped, so you can form your own opinion. What do you think?

Above: The students of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra worked with Liz Lerman to find a new approach to performing Debussy.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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